undercook

verb
un·​der·​cook | \ ˌən-dər-ˈku̇k How to pronounce undercook (audio) \
undercooked; undercooking; undercooks

Definition of undercook

transitive verb

: to cook insufficiently or less than thoroughly The kitchen badly undercooked a nicely conceived plate of grilled petrale sole fillets surrounded by potatoes and zucchini.— Harvey Steiman

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Other Words from undercook

undercooked \ ˌən-​dər-​ˈku̇kt How to pronounce undercooked (audio) \ adjective
a serving of undercooked chicken

Examples of undercook in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web McBride undercooks a couple of his subplots, especially the druggy ones. Junot Díaz, New York Times, "James McBride’s ‘Deacon King Kong’ Is a Supercharged Urban Farce Lit Up by Thunderbolts of Rage," 29 Feb. 2020 Lack of refrigeration can easily cause food to spoil, and unpredictable fires and feeble camp stoves can lead to undercooking mistakes. Nicole Clausing, Sunset Magazine, "Keep It Clean: How Not to Get Sick in a National Park," 22 Jan. 2020 You either undercook it or, worse, overcook it and are left with a sad feast. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "The 10 best sales and deals you can shop this weekend," 25 Oct. 2019 Many recipes get this effect by purposely undercooking the cake, so that the middle is raw batter. Bon Appétit, Bon Appetit, "50 Mother’s Day Dessert Recipes to Eat After Brunch," 27 Apr. 2018 Many recipes get this effect by purposely undercooking the cake, so that the middle is raw batter. Bon Appétit, Bon Appetit, "50 Mother’s Day Dessert Recipes to Eat After Brunch," 27 Apr. 2018 Many recipes get this effect by purposely undercooking the cake, so that the middle is raw batter. Bon Appétit, Bon Appetit, "50 Mother’s Day Dessert Recipes to Eat After Brunch," 27 Apr. 2018 Many recipes get this effect by purposely undercooking the cake, so that the middle is raw batter. Bon Appétit, Bon Appetit, "50 Mother’s Day Dessert Recipes to Eat After Brunch," 27 Apr. 2018 Many recipes get this effect by purposely undercooking the cake, so that the middle is raw batter. Bon Appétit, Bon Appetit, "50 Mother’s Day Dessert Recipes to Eat After Brunch," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of undercook

1598, in the meaning defined above

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“Undercook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undercook. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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undercook

verb
How to pronounce undercook (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of undercook

: to not cook (food) enough

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